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2016-2017 Course Catalog 
2016-2017 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology B.S. to M.S. Accelerated

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The Accelerated Master’s of Science Degree Program in Biology will allow qualified, motivated students to complete a bachelor of science in Biology and a master of science in Biology in five years. Students who are accepted into the program will begin taking graduate level Biology courses during their junior year. Most students will complete 12 credits of graduate work prior to graduating with their B.S. degree, and will complete another 18 credits during a fifth year to satisfy the required 30 credits for the M.S. degree.


  • Overall GPA of 3.25 or higher at the end of the sophomore year

  • Grades of B or better in all science courses

  • Review of application by the Biology faculty, and interview with Biology department chair

Students accepted into the program will take one graduate level course during each semester of their junior and senior years. Students will normally complete 12 credits of graduate study prior to receiving their B.S. degree. Six graduate credits will apply toward their undergraduate and graduate degree.

Requirements for the master’s degree include successful completion of a comprehensive exam, and completion of 30 credits of graduate level courses with a GPA of 2.67.

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